‘Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up‘. A.A. Milne – author of Winnie the Pooh.
This part of the ‘write my book’ process is where you begin to actually see your book take form. As you work through the process you can visualize the entire book – complete and ready to share to get the Word out.
Don’t rush through this process. This is the foundation of your book, your blog posts and your social media posts. We will show you how to use and reuse your writing to maximize the hard work you put into writing it. You only have to do one thing – write your book. All your blog posts and social media posts are taken from your book.
This process keeps everything streamlined, efficient, effective and most importantly, helps get the Word out in a way that is best received. Repetition is the key. Faith comes by hearing and hearing…
Ok…let’s get started creating your book outline.
Here are the steps.
1. Get a big piece of paper and lay it sideways so it is longer than it is high, or use 10 pieces of regular paper, sideways, or create an excel spreadsheet. I recommend you write your thoughts down, instead of typing your thoughts down. Here is some great research to demonstrate the importance of writing instead of typing. After you’ve finalized your lists, transfer them to an excel spreadsheet to keep track of your progress.
2. On the left-hand side of the paper, write the numbers 1 – 10 down the side of the paper. For each number, write down a major topic for your book. For example, if I was writing about dogs, I might have topics like grooming, food, training, etc.
3. Take that same list and put it in the sequence you would want your chapters to be in your book. Remember, you can change your mind at any time during this process and rearrange your lists as many times as you like.
4. For each chapter topic, write down 15 mini-topics for that particular main topic. For example – back to the dog example – if I was writing about the main topic of training, I would add mini-topics like best time of the day to train, the best method of training, the tools for dog training, etc.
5. For each mini-topic, write down a statement about that topic. For example, ‘the best time of the day to train a dog is at 3 pm’.
6. Turn each statement into a question. For example, ‘what is the best time of the day to train my dog?’.
7. Write three answers for each question. For example – at 3 pm, when I am not tired and when the dog is not tired.
After you’ve completed this process I will show you how to not only write your book with this template, but also how to write your blog posts and your social media posts to help build your audience before your book is even released. You can even sell your book before it is launched and begin your speaking career…if you so choose. All this coming later…
And, if you are one of those authors who has two or three topics they want to write about, you can follow this same process for each topic to create your book, blog posts, social media posts and audience for more sales, more speaking invitations and more opportunities to get the Word out.